Stars hot on Pirates’ heels

2016-02-17 06:00
EYE ON THE BALL: Katlego Mashego of the Free State Stars (left) battles for the ball with Ayanda Gcaba of Orlando Pirates. Both players will be hoping to help their team to victory when they meet at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem on Wednesday (17/02).                                        Photo: Supplied

EYE ON THE BALL: Katlego Mashego of the Free State Stars (left) battles for the ball with Ayanda Gcaba of Orlando Pirates. Both players will be hoping to help their team to victory when they meet at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem on Wednesday (17/02). Photo: Supplied

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BETHLEHEM. – Giovanni Solinas, Free State Stars head coach, has called for determination from his players ahead of the Absa Premier League contest with Orlando Pirates at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem on Wednesday (17/02). Kick-off is at 19:30.

Solinas said he would like to see every player working extraordinarily hard for the team to win the remaining games. He revealed that this was a difficult time, as they were forced to play without some key players due to injuries.

“We have to work on the physical conditioning of the players. We know that Pirates is a strong team and they will come out with guns blazing. However, we always have to remain positive and fight for three points,” Solinas said.

Ea Lla Koto comes into this encounter without Themba Shabalala, Andrea Filicia, Moeketsi Sekola, Sthembiso Ngcobo and Davies Nkausu, who are nursing different injuries.

Stars are licking fresh wounds after narrowly suffering a 0-1 defeat against the league rookies Jomo Cosmos over the weekend.

Pirates also comes to the contest having suffered a 1-2 defeat to the runaway log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday (10/02) at the Orlando Stadium.

The two teams are meeting for the first time this season and they will meet again in the second round at the Orlando Stadium in April.

Only one point separates Pirates and Stars, who are in 9th and 12th position respectively. Pirates have 23 points after 18 games, while Stars have 22 points after the same number of games.

After the Pirates game, the boys in red and white will fly to Port Elizabeth for a date with Chippa United on Saturday afternoon (20/02).

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